David Vs Goliath
Saturday, 29th February, 2020
By Donald Trump
Then there were three. The regular season rounds of the BDCL are now over as we look towards the last two weekends of local cricket.
Congratulations must first go to the Central Cricket Club, finishing top of the ladder with only percentage between them and North, therefore going straight through to the big dance.
North players were fuming after they dispatched a lacklustre South side last week, picking up the full eight points and believing they had finished minor premiers, only to be shattered an hour later when the rounds were added up, and it was discovered Central had just snuck home.
The Bulldogs will be hoping to do the same this weekend and yet again defend their title next week and in their way stand South.
The Roo machine will be playing in their second consecutive finals series after nearly 18 years in the wilderness.
The boys from over the hill will definitely be up against it, and will have to give it everything for the right to play Central in the Grand Final.
North, well they are the Rolls Royce of local cricket, led by one of the best players in town, Tobias Hack.
They know how to win and back each other’s skills regardless of the situation, they bat down to ten and just about bowl down to ten as well.
North will be without champion player Dan ter Braak, who made a century against the Roos last week, but in comes yet another champion player, Cody Howard. Letcher has also been promoted with Johnson and Savage returning after a week off.
Tidball retains his spot at the expense of the ever-reliable Luke Hall (12th).
Vella will get another look at the South bowlers after getting a first ball duck last week, and his partner in crime Martin will be looking to get the Bulldogs off to a flyer.
If North bats first and the openers can get to drinks unscathed, then the daunting prospect of Hack, Howard and Savage looms large for South, especially if they settle in.
Bowling-wise the Bulldogs will look to Davey and Johnson to bring the heat with Howard and Wilson in support, Vella will be in there somewhere and we might even get the delight of seeing some Tidball sliders.
South welcome back a few handy players: batsmen Nicholas, Reavill, Schorn; and all-rounders Page and McQuillan.
The Roo boys will welcome the tag of underdog, in fact I think they soak it up.
They simply need to bat, bat well and bat their overs out - they do this then they have a punchers chance. Their batsmen have been hit and miss, although this is the first time this season that they have had everyone on the park.
Hall will be looking to settle as too Gepp, and Gillespie will play the only way he knows how ... boundaries or nothing.
The middle order will also need to fire. Reavill, Schorn, Page and McQuillan will all need to contribute if the Roos are any chance.
They dropped six catches last week, including the centurian DTB, an issue which I’m sure they will rectify this weekend.
South’s bowling attack looks solid, led by the club leading wicket-taker Hebbard. He will be backed by seemers Hall and Gillespie.
The medium pace brigade will be Franklyn, Schorn and Page with McQuillan replacing Holmes as the spin option.
South will need everything to go right, the toss, no batting collapses and of course their catching.
If they do this then maybe they can slay the beast that is the North CC.
Players to watch: North’s Wilson and Hack and for South, Reavill and Schorn
Tip: Have to go with Goliath (North) but this will be a lot closer than what people think.